It looks like the Moroccans are letting out a little bit at time of this one. Let a small amount out, find out what it is and what it goes for on the market, and then slowly release all of the pairings. The only exception is if multiple parties in Morocco get a hold of the same material, at the same time; Then it is dumped as quickly as possible as is the case with the new "lunar" with similar looking terrestrial breccia mixed in for extra profit. There is no crust so few collectors, and some dealers for that matter, can't tell the difference.

A List member was kind enough to point out one example of many untested fragments of "Black Beauty" being offered on eBay directly from Morocco. He claims he was offered the 3 Kilo piece over a year ago but they refused to break it down into more affordable pieces at $100.00/gram. They are content selling smaller untested pieces for 10 times this amount.

Rarest Old Basaltic Breccia Martian meteorite 0.31g http://r.ebay.com/ZgE79Q

I refuse to play games with them. If a few dealers want to buy two thirds of the big stone, I would be interested in the other third.

Adam




On 3/9/2018 3:53 PM, Graham Ensor wrote:
I was told it is mythical.

On Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 6:06 PM, Adam Hupe via Meteorite-list <meteorite-list@meteoritecentral.com <mailto:meteorite-list@meteoritecentral.com>> wrote:

    Does anybody know the disposition of the 3 kilogram plus pairing to
    NWA 7034, the Basaltic Martian Breccia sometimes referred to as
    "Black Beauty?"  Has it been been cut yet?  Has a laboratory
    analyzed it or is it just another self-paired stone? $300,000.00 or
    $100.00/gram for the entire stone is a bit much but I would be
    interested in a kilogram at this price if it has been confirmed in a
    laboratory and is available.

    I was hoping it would have shown up cut in Tucson but I did not hear
    anything more about it so canceled any thoughts of going to the show
    last month.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated,

    Adam
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